Citing opportunities for growth both geographically and within each firm’s respective market sectors, Vancouver-based CEI Architecture has announced it has merged with global firm HDR. “Together, we are poised to be a preeminent force in many sectors in Canada, particularly in healthcare, recreation and research,” explained Bill Locking, a founding partner of CEI. “We will seek to deepen our bench of local healthcare and research expertise with the global resources HDR offers in consulting services such as strategic innovation, user experience modeling, laboratory and healthcare planning, data-driven design, and Lean Six Sigma. This uniquely positions us to deliver healthcare and research projects of all sizes, scopes and complexities.”
Collectively, HDR’s and CEI’s experience with public-private partnership (P3) for health is perhaps more than any other architecture firm in Canada. This merger of practices provides clients with a much greater depth of experienced resources focused on an incredibly deep portfolio of PPP projects.
Additionally, Locking added, “The expertise CEI brings to the table can help the firm expand into new sectors such as recreation, K-12 education and commercial development not only throughout all provinces of Canada, but beyond the Canadian border as well.”
CEI was founded in 1996 and has approximately 70 employees located in British Columbia; its main office is in Vancouver, with additional offices in Victoria and Penticton, as well as Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. HDR’s presence in the Canadian market began in 2002; currently about 120 employees are based in offices throughout Ontario, and more than 1,450 architecture employees working in offices in six countries including the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Australia, and the People’s Republic of China.
Effective July 27, 2015, the firm will go to market as HDR | CEI.